To remove a tree a permit is required from your local council unless the 10/50 rule applies to the tree or the tree appears on your council’s preservation order exemption list, is dead, or an immediate safety hazard.
An arborist can assess a tree and determine if it is an immediate danger. Trees damaged in a storm are often pruned or removed under this section of the local council Tree Preservation Order. If possible you still need to contact your local council prior to removal. You should always take a photo of the tree illustrating the imminent danger. The council can then be contacted in writing after the event.
Councils are displeased with the following arguments

  • The tree is shedding leaves, fruit, bark, cones, or twigs.
  • To improve the applicants views.
  • There a fears about healthy trees falling.
  • A tree is causing overshadowing.
  • Minor lifting of driveways and paths by tree roots.
Dead branches can often be removed without approval as well as power line clearance, you should always check your local tree preservation order to avoid any hefty fines. Underlying vegetation can be removed in addition to pruning without council approval if the 10/50 rule applies to your situation.
Yes. We can help you identify species, find and interpret your council’s preservation order.
It really depends on the type and size of tree, the service, and any special working conditions. If special machinery such as cherry pickers are required you can expect it to cost more.

  • Tree pruning, removal, maintenance – quotes start from $250
  • Stump removal – quotes start from $100
  • Power line clearance, hazard reduction – quotes start from $250
You should check your local tree preservation order for guidelines on pruning neighbouring trees. Often you will require the neighbour’s signature on the tree pruning or removal application.